DigameXtra No. 2203 Monday, March 7th, 2022

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International Women’s Day 2022 is Tuesday, March 8th:


Phoenix Club: Our social club is fully open so do pop in for a coffee and a chat, or browse our books at 4 for €1. We also have a selection of DVDs at various prices, including boxed sets.
-25th – Visit Plaza Mayor/IKEA and the fabulous Guzman Garden Centre in Alhaurin €13.50pp
-8th – Trip to Montefrio, Granada Province. Price €25,50 and includes, coach fare, tourist train and drivers tip.
-27th – Trip to Bolonia and Tarifa – includes entry to the Claudia Baelo Roman site with guide €23,50
-6th – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-20th – Boat Trip from Benalmadena Port to Fuengirola with time to explore Fuengirola Harbour €25 includes coach, tips and boat trip to Fuengirola
-25th – Trip to Osuna with Guide €20 includes Coach fare, tips and guide
-2nd – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-3rd – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with a Hog Roast and all the trimmings at La Vega Restaurant & Bar, in Torre del Mar. Time 1.30. Price 12€ for non members & €5 for members. There will be a bar and music. Do come along and celebrate with us the Queen’s 70 years as our Monarch.
The Phoenix Social Club is a registered association. We meet at the La Vega bar every Tuesday and you can find it just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. We are open from 12 noon until 2pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information or check out our FB page https://facebook.com/thephoenixsocialclub

Bio Beach Restaurant- History Presentation:
Wed. March 9th at 11am, Bio Beach Restaurant invites you to a touch of class as well as a little glance at history. Norma will present Power Point slides featuring Santiago de Compostela, where the Apostle Saint James is buried in its grandiose catedral. We’ll take a look at the surrounding areas including a leisurely stroll through its elegant 5 star Parador; building dating back to 1499 when it was a hospital. We’ll also include the fascinating relationship between the colorful and daring Almanzor and Santiago de Compostela on August 10, 997. Almanzor was the Muslim Arab Andalusi military leader and statesman. The Bio Beach presentation is free, just order refreshments. We belong to U3A, (http://www.u3aaxarquia.com/) and these programs are presented in an effort to attract more members (12€ annually). Bio Beach Restaurant is located on the El Morche beachfront promenade right behind the church. For more info contact norma2kk@aol.com


Quiz Night: Monday, March 7. Asador Restaurant, La Vinuela
Spend the evening with El Valle Asociacion testing your wit and learning something new. Can you ace it? Come and find out how much you know. Join us at Asador Restaurant at 7:30PM. Be sure to ask about our upcoming events. For further information. Please call Barbara at 616264067, or go to our website at https://www.el-valle-asociacion.com/about-us/


Nerja program of activities to commemorate the International Women’s Day: {Translation}
The activities begin on Sunday, 6th March, with the 12th edition of the Walk for Equality, at 12.30 p.m., starting from the Balcón de Europa. The institutional act of the 8th March will be held at 17.00 hours in the Plenary Hall, with the reading of the Municipal Manifesto, and will continue with a theatrical performance in the Villa de Nerja Cultural Centre. In the same centre, on the 14th, the Gala Gala Reconocidas de la Diputación Provincial will take place, in which women from Malaga in different fields will be honoured. On 30 March, at 17.30, in the Plenary Hall, the 6th edition of the “Con las Mujeres Nerja Avanza” (With Women Nerja Moves Forward) recognition will bring the programme to a close. The Town Hall will recognise Aurelia López, local president of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, and Águeda Saavedra, an artist of recognised prestige, for their dedication and social and personal commitment to women in Nerja society. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/el-ayuntamiento-de-nerja-presenta-un-amplio-programa-de-actividades-para-conmemorar-el-dia-internacional-de-las-mujeres/ 


Algarrobo presents the ‘First Festival of Spring’ on Sat., 26MAR, from 4pm: {Translation, summary} Enjoy the flamenco of Zipporah, the versions of the 80’s and 90’s-style Ska-P Project Mandarin, the rock of Money Makers, and the pop-rock of Lord Mirinda at la Carpa de la Escalerilla de Algarrobo pueblo. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/el-ayuntamiento-de-algarrobo-presenta-la-primera-fiesta-de-la-primavera-que-tendra-lugar-el-26-de-marzo/ 


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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Castillan mirror Yute 48 x 65 cms with matching Castillan hallway unit beautiful solid top with 2 drawers 76 x 30 x 74cms Price 130€
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For Sale: Original oil painting. 50 x 60 cm, 275 euros. Can be seen at La Casa Hotel and Restaurant, Calle Baja, Torrox Pueblo
Margaret, Torrox. 682 661 313 ; Mariordan@aol.com 


For Sale: Ladies Flamenco dress with yellow background with red roses with green stems and green fringes. Size small. Photo if interested. Price €25. Angela, Torrox Costa. WhatsApp 622119099 


For Sale: Wooden bookcase. Four shelves and two small drawers. Height 175 cm, width 71 cm depth 24.5 cm Photos emailed on request. Buyer to collect from Torrox Costa. Brenda, El Penoncillo. WhatsApp 711003687
Email brendaleetorrox at gmail dot com 


For Sale as a lot:
A folding cot (Voltareta)+ mattress (15 cm thickness )+ several mattress protectors + 3 sets of sheets + a comforter-duvet.
A high chair (Jane) + cushion
A cushion that can be used in a home on a chair or in a car (Play – up to 36kg )
An inflatable splash pool (Best Way Splash and play – 152 x 38 cm)
A drawing board (Ikea)
All is in as good as new condition as only used a couple of days. The splash pool is new (still in its unopened box)
Buyer collects in Competa campo (down Torrox-Competa Road, 2km from Pavo Real). 50€ for the lot. Monique, Competa
monique.anckaert at yahoo dot com
+ 32 472 90 32 80 (only SMS or WhatsApp) 


News & Articles

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The wholesale price of electricity smashes its record, due to the rise in gas prices, to 442.54 euros/MWh: Less than two weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, the price of the wholesale electricity market in Spain is going to pulverize an all-time high this Monday, standing, on average, at 442.54 euros per megawatt (MWh). The so-called pool is already well above the previous record of 383 euros recorded on the eve of last Christmas.
-This new record comes on the first business day after last Friday the European gas benchmark, the TTF, broke the 200-euro barrier for the first time and exceeded 210 euros per MWh, after taking control by the Russian army of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Ukrainian Energodar plant, in the Zaporizhia region.
-By hourly sections, this Monday the historical maximum of 500 euros/MWh will be reached for the first time. It will happen from 8 to 10 in the morning and at 8 pm. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-wholesale-price-of-electricity-smashes-its-record-due-to-the-rise-in-gas-442-54-euros-mwh/


Sánchez affirms that “very soon” indoor masks will no longer be mandatory: {Translation} 06/03/2022, 11:27
-The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has insisted this Sunday that the use of masks indoors to prevent contagion of the coronavirus will cease to be compulsory “soon, very soon”, when the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, so determines.
-He said this before the PSOE’s Federal Committee, which met in an extraordinary meeting to analyse the war in Ukraine, and after noting the “formidable response” that citizens have given to the pandemic, with an “extraordinarily high” number of people vaccinated and the “lowest” cumulative incidence in the whole of the European Union.
-The head of the Spanish government has therefore stressed that “soon, very soon, when the Minister of Health tells us, we are going to remove the obligation to wear masks indoors”.
Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1033760/sanchez-afirma-que-muy-pronto-dejaran-de-ser-obligatorias-las-mascarillas-en-interiores/


First examination in Congress of the new Housing Law, with almost all the opposition calling for its withdrawal:
{Translation} MADRID, 6 Mar.
-The draft Law for the Right to Housing, sponsored by the ruling PSOE (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) with support from the United We Can party, which contemplates the regulation of rental prices, faces its first vote in Congress this Thursday. Almost all the opposition are calling for its withdrawal, which anticipates a new tight vote on another of the Government’s ‘star’ projects.
-The PP (88 votes), Ciudadanos (9), PNV (6), PDeCAT (4) and Junts (4) have registered amendments calling for the initiative to be returned, and it is foreseeable that they will be joined by Vox (52), Foro Asturias (1), the two ex-deputies of UPN and the ex-deputy of Cs Pablo Cambronero, which would add up to 164 votes.
-However, Esquerra Republicana has also registered an amendment to the whole, in its case to replace the Government’s law with an alternative text that affects measures such as the regulation of rental prices, anti-eviction regulations and surcharges on IBI for empty housing.
-ERC’s proposal eliminates any regulation of urban planning due to a possible conflict of competence, guarantees the suspension of an eviction if there is no prior proposal for social renting and brings the regulation of rental prices into line with the existing regulation in Catalonia, respecting the autonomous competence.
-Next Thursday there will be two votes, one on the ERC’s alternative text, which will not go ahead due to lack of support, and another on the other amendments, and if the thirteen Esquerra votes are added to those calling for the bill to be returned to the government, the PSOE and Unidas Podemos bill will have been defeated in the plenary session.
-To reject the Government’s bill, the PP recalls the report issued by the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), which argues that the regulation affects a “matter of autonomous ownership” and “limits” its competence, and assures that it is “a proposal that is clearly harmful to the rights and interests of citizens”.
-In their amendment, to which Europa Press has had access, the ‘populares’ lament the “markedly interventionist nature” of the law, which “attacks the right to private property and freedom of enterprise”, affecting “very negatively the real estate sector” and harming “both tenants and landlords”.
-For its part, Ciudadanos charges in its amendment against the Government’s reform, assuring that “the principles and spirit” of the same “are incoherent, cosmetic and inadequate to guide public housing policies and guarantee access to housing for all citizens”.
-Both parties criticise the regulation of rental prices, but also the authorisation to set IBI surcharges on empty homes, with the PP accusing the Government of encouraging the ‘squatting’ of homes with its proposal, considering the prohibition of evictions a “pernicious whitewashing” of the same.
-Ciudadanos clarifies that, despite being included as a milestone to be met in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, the return of the initiative “would not be an obstacle to meeting the milestone”, as the Government has “more than enough time” to present an alternative and be able to approve it before 30 September 2022.
-The PNV, for its part, rejects the proposal, considering that it “incurs in evident excesses”, by assuring that “housing is a matter of autonomous ownership”, as recognised by the Constitution and the jurisprudence established by the Constitutional Court, which identifies as an autonomous function to regulate in order to attend to interests related to decent housing.
-The PDeCAT also justifies its rejection as an “invasion of powers”, as well as considering the impact that the legislation proposed by the government could have on the supply of rental housing as “negative”.
-On the other hand, Junts will seek to overturn the Housing Law because it considers the bill to be “a total, forced and artificial absorption of powers”, as in their opinion it represents a “dismantling” of the regulations applied in Catalonia. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/construccion-y-vivienda-00342/noticia-primer-examen-congreso-ley-vivienda-casi-toda-oposicion-pidiendo-retirada-20220306123852.html


These 3 EU/EEA Countries Have Already Removed All COVID-19 Entry Rules: After evaluating the current COVID-19 situation and concluding that travel restrictions no longer play a significant role in preventing the spread of the virus, two European Economic Area countries – Iceland, Norway – and one European Union country – Slovenia – have already decided to lift their entry measures entirely.
Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/these-3-eu-eea-countries-have-already-removed-all-covid-19-entry-rules/


The Russian military has warned Ukraine’s neighboring countries from hosting its warplanes: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov charged Sunday that some Ukrainian combat planes had redeployed to Romania and other Ukraine neighbors he didn’t identify. Konashenkov warned that if those warplanes attack the Russian forces from the territory of those nations, it “could be considered as those countries’ engagement in the military conflict.”
Source: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-vladimir-putin-spacex-volodymyr-zelenskyy-business-807f67dcf116559d2646abb7ed851ca9


Russian war in world’s ‘breadbasket’ threatens food supply: The Russian tanks and missiles besieging Ukraine also are threatening the food supply and livelihoods of people in Europe, Africa and Asia who rely on the vast, fertile farmlands of the Black Sea region — known as the “breadbasket of the world.”
-Ukrainian farmers have been forced to neglect their fields as millions flee, fight or try to stay alive. Ports are shut down that send wheat and other food staples worldwide to be made into bread, noodles and animal feed. And there are worries Russia, another agricultural powerhouse, could have its grain exports upended by Western sanctions.
-While there have not yet been global disruptions to wheat supplies, prices have surged 55% since a week before the invasion amid concerns about what could happen next. If the war is prolonged, countries that rely on affordable wheat exports from Ukraine could face shortages starting in July, International Grains Council director Arnaud Petit told The Associated Press. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-business-africa-lifestyle-middle-east-1b41faaa7ac0984d0673023b68d39a70


Hungary to ban all grain exports effective immediately -agriculture minister: Hungary banned all grain exports effective immediately due to price increases caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, minister of agriculture Istvan Nagy told television channel RTL on Friday. Nagy added the government decree on the ban would be published on Friday. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/ukraine-crisis-hungary-grains-idAFL5N2V75IT


“People’s Convoy”- Trucks, RVs and cars flock to Washington area to protest COVID restrictions and other issues: More than a thousand large trucks, recreational vehicles and cars are gathering on the outskirts of Washington as part of a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that threatens to roll on the U.S. capital in the coming days.
The so-called “People’s Convoy,” which originated in California and has drawn participants from around the country, is calling for an end to all pandemic-related restrictions. It was inspired by demonstrations last month that paralyzed Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Photo:REUTERS. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trucks-rvs-cars-flock-washington-area-protest-covid-restrictions-2022-03-05/

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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
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Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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